Insistent Images presents a number of new departures dealing with iconicity on the conceptual and the structural levels. On the level of structure, the interface between different aspects of iconicity, lexical meaning and grammar is discussed in reference to both spoken and signed languages. Novel approaches to aural iconicity investigate a wide range of phenomena from phonological iconicity to the role of iconic features in discourse, in the nineteenth century practice of reading aloud, in the almost magic incantations of fin de siecle poetry and in Tolkien's invented languages. Several papers examine the function of iconicity in visual and avant-garde poetry, where iconic features allow a reduction of means, which, paradoxically, generates textual diversification and complexity. A discussion of iconic text strategies shows how texts are comprehended through iconic holistic transfer from complex natural and action patterns. `Liberature', which integrates text, image and physical space, is another novel area of study, as are the investigations into the iconic properties of film and of multimedia performance. Film is intrinsically iconic, while at the same time being, like photography, indexical; in multimedia performance, on the other hand, iconicity functions intermedially by both integrating and reflecting processes of perception and conceptualization. These last two new fields of inquiry further enhance this truly interdisciplinary volume's explorations of icons as `insistent images'.
1. Preface and acknowledgements; 2. List of Contributors; 3. Introduction: Insistent Images (by Ljungberg, Christina); 4. PART I. Iconicity and grammaticalization; 5. Putting grammaticalization to the iconicity test: A cognitivist perspective (by Bouissac, Paul); 6. Iconic thumbs, pinkies and pointers: The grammaticalization of animate-entity handshapes in Japan sign language (by Herlofsky, William J.); 7. PART II. Iconicity and the aural; 8. The physical basis for phonological iconicity (by Masuda, Keiko); 9. Reading aloud and Charles Dickens' aural iconic prose style (by Ho Lai Ming, Tammy); 10. Iconicity and the divine in the fin de siecle poetry of W.B. Yeats (by Pryor, Sean); 11. Is lamatyave a linguistic heresy?: Iconicity in J.R.R. Tolkien's invented languages (by Podhorodecka, Joanna); 12. PART III. Iconicity and the visual; 13. The beauty of life and the variety of signs: Guillaume Apollinaire's 'lyrical ideogram' La Cravate et la montre (by Gahl, Peter); 14. Forms of restricted iconicity in modern avant-garde poetry (by White, John J.); 15. Eco-Iconicity in the poetry and poem-groups of E.E. Cummings (by Terblanche, Etienne); 16. The language of film is a matrix of icons (by Purdy, Strother B.); 17. Liberature: A new literary genre? (by Bazarnik, Katarzyna); 18. PART IV. Iconicity and conceptualization; 19. Meaning on the one and on the other hand: Iconicity in native vs. foreign signed languages (by Adam, Meike); 20. Iconic text strategies: Path, sorting & weighting, kaleidoscope (by Ungerer, Friedrich); 21. 'Damn mad': Palindromic figurations in literary narratives (by Ljungberg, Christina); 22. PART V. Iconicity and structure; 23. Iconicity and the grammar-lexis interface (by Glynn, Dylan); 24. Iconicity in the coding of pragmatic functions: The case of disclaimers in argumentative discourse (by Bergien, Angelika); 25. Double negation and iconicity (by De Cuypere, Ludovic); 26. PART VI. Iconicity and multimedia / intertextuality; 27. Iconicity in multimedia performance: Laurie Anderson's White Lily (by Moser, Sibylle); 28. Author index; 29. Subject index